During winter break and part of winter term 2013 there was great concern expressed over the “Windows and Mirrors” art exhibit displayed in the Memorial Union Concourse Art Gallery. The Memorial Union staff and the Veterans Council have worked diligently to address these concerns and agree on a reasonable process for ensuring similar concerns can be avoided in future exhibits. This new process will honor Veterans and other special interest group by gathering their input on any exhibit which may contain controversial content.
ASOSU Director of Veteran Affairs Julie Stewart and Memorial Union President Michael Fashana are pleased to announce the following provisions produced by the dialogue around this issue: “…If the art committee determines that an exhibit may have potential content that is controversial the committee will comprise these additional members [representatives from related parts of the organization”:
- A student from the MU Board
- A student from the SEAC program
In addition, the committee will notify the Memorial Union Leadership Team for review and provide input as it relates to:
- Identifying what organizations, groups or individuals in an advisory role would be contacted for input and notification.
- Outreach to campus community members that might be affected ~Creating educational/public engagement materials and opportunities
- Publishing channels for expressing feedback ~ Other exhibit modifications that could improve the exhibit experience for all in the OSU community
To apply for a MU Advisory Board position or seat on the MU Concourse Art Gallery Selection Committee contact Michael Fashana, MU President at email@example.com
Michael Ryan Fashana
Memorial Union President | Oregon State University
Ceremonial ground breaking and celebration for the new Student Experience Center, the Student Experience Plaza and the renovation of the Memorial Union East Wing is this week. On Thursday May 23, 2013 at 4 PM in the Memorial Union Brick Mall.
At this point I thought it would be nice to look back at the history of this project in video clips that have been created.
Ground breaking celebration Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 4 to 5 PM. Join us as we begin work for three student building projects: Student Experience Center, Student Experience Plaza and the renovation of the Memorial Union east wing. The ceremony will take place next to the Memorial Union parking lot. Guest speakers representing OSU students and staff will be there. There will also be a display of architectural drawings and floor plans. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Following the ground breaking, be sure to visit the Student Media open house in the KBVR television studio.
Tickets are going fast for the Moms and Family Weekend Comedy Show, Saturday May 4th. There are two shows, one at 6:30 and a repeat performance at 9:00 PM in the LaSells Stewart Center on OSU Campus. This year there are three comedians featured, Dan Cummins Lisa Landry and Natasha Leggero. You can learn more about this talented group of comedians from their websites:
Tickets are available online at: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/momscomedytickets. See all three comedians for $38 for main floor seats and $34 for the balcony.
Wine Bar will be available at LaSells Stewart Center from 5:30 to 9 PM presented by Willamette Valley Vineyard. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres with your purchase of a glass of wine before the comedy show.
Show may contain mature content. Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-737-1369
Moms and Family Weekend is organized by students of the Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC). A schedule of all of Moms and Family Weekend events can be found at: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/momsweekend
The Memorial Union terrestrial globe has return to its home of the last 85 years.
With the return of the 1928 globe to the Memorial Union after restoration, we decided to create an update version of the first photo of the Memorial Union’s globe. We have no idea who the three students are in the 1928 photograph. We have searched OSU Archive and Beaver Yearbooks with no luck. We do know our current students; all involved in the Memorial Union activities. From left to right:
Nicole Hernandez, Art major and curator of the MU Concourse Gallery
Suzanna Shakya, Civil Engineering major ISOSU Internal Coordinator
Fatimah Almousawi, Bio-resource Research major and prior Saudi Arabian Student Association and Student Event and Activities Center leader
The photograph was taken by Julie Knapp, Digital Communications Arts major. I am sure future students and staff will care for this historic globe, one of only three in the United States for the next 85 years. That means students at Oregon State University in the year 3000 will be looking at an image of Nicole, Suzanna and Fatimah and thinking about the time they spent in the Memorial Union lounge.
Memorial Union Retail Food Service (MURFS) operates 8 food venue on campus:
Java II in the Valley Library
e.Cafe in Kelley Engineering Center
Ava’s Cafe in Linus Pauling
Dixon Cafe in Dixon Recreation Center
It is easy to stay up today with what is happening in your favorite location from menu change, break time hours, daily specials and more. Just connect to their social media sites.
Over the planning phase of the new building, the working title for the building has been the Student Experience Center (SEC). Before that time gets carved into stone (literally), the planning and policy committee wants input from the community it there are other options. So be a part of history, give us your suggestions for a name of the new building and also a name for the covered plaza between the Memorial Union and the new building. The only rule is that it cannot be named after a person. Fill out the online form at mu.oregonstate.edu/name. Deadline is March 15th.
The Oregon State University Memorial Union was recognized by The Arc of Benton County as an honored employer. The Arc honors the businesses who hire local people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), who work with vocational agencies to ensure the success of each new hire and who take the extra steps to be an employer who is committed to our community.
The Arc of Benton County advocates and provides services, as needed, to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Benton County was founded in 1958 by family members and concerned citizens to advocate for people with intellectual developmental disabilities. It is a member-based corporation affiliated with The Arc of the United States. Through the creation of education, employment, housing and recreation opportunities, The Arc of Benton County helps those with I/DD to achieve their life goals. Link: www.arcbenton.org
For 10 years, the Memorial Union has hired Arc members who work with our building services team in supporting the maintenance of this 85 year historic landmark. The program not only provides a needed service to the building, it also provides a diverse work experience for the Memorial Union staff and the Arc members. Multicultural organizations have employees from different backgrounds working together. The Memorial Union works to embrace differences as assets.
For those Parents and Family members that didn’t see this on the Parents and Family Association Newsletter, I want to welcome you and your student to the Beaver Family!
The term is under way and the OSU campus is full of life again! My name is Michael Fashana and as your students Memorial Union President I want to take this time to welcome everyone to another beautiful Fall term at Oregon State University. It is an exciting time when students are returning or joining us for the first time as Beavers. Whether in or outside the classroom, OSU has the programs and resources to support your students in all facets of their student and personal lives. Encourage your students to not be afraid to ask for assistance or seek out new opportunities during this stimulating transition period. The assistance they receive and the opportunities they dare to take will prove to be beneficial well beyond you and your families expectations. Be sure to advise your students to use such resources as — http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/— or Dixon Recreational Center to meet all your needs. The opportunities that will present themselves can range from serving the community with The Center for Civic Engagement, to getting involved with student government on campus though the Associated Students of OSU. Whatever it may be, I encourage you to support your students to push the boundaries of their comfort zone to try and better themselves.
As our returning and new students strive for excellence, I urge the Parents, families and support systems of these students to do what you can to encourage and support your student in their college career. You will soon learn that time flies and no period in your life will be as filled with such amazing people and opportunities as this time in your life. I hope all staff, faculty, and students are transitioning into the Fall 2012 Academic term well and would like to extend to you the offer to stop my office in the Memorial Union, room 103, to ask for help in finding any of these resources or opportunities.
Thank you and don’t forget to use these things to continue on your quest to #BeBeaverBold
Michael Ryan Fashana
Memorial Union President
ASOSU, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Memorial Union Organization invite you to watch the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates in the MU Commons October 3rd, 16th, 22nd and the Vice Presidential Debate on October 11th (All from 6-7:30pm). Enjoy the debates on the projector and three large flat screens in the company of politically interested Beavers!
Help shape the future of our Memorial Union by serving on the Advisory Board!
The MU Advisory Board is currently seeking applicants to represent the three branches of the Memorial Union Organization: Student Leadership and Involvement, Student Media, and the Memorial Union Facilities and Services. As a member of the board, you will:
- Help to approve the operating budget of the MU Organization
- Ensure fiscal responsibility within the organization
- Establish and maintain dialogue with campus organizations and the OSU community
- Review and approve policies of the organization as well as grant exceptions to the policies, as needed
- Help to formulate the long-range vision of the organization!
- Provide input and direction for the Student Experience Center and MU East construction projects (Construction Sub-Committee opportunity BELOW)
*Board meetings are 1-2 hours on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
Apply at: http: //mu.oregonstate.edu/boardapplication
Contact me with any questions. Go Beavs!
Michael Ryan Fashana
Memorial Union President | Oregon State University
103 Memorial Union | Office: 541.737.1564 | Personal: 503.957.4347
MUPresident@oregonstate.edu | mu.oregonstate.edu | blogs.oregonstate.edu/mupresident
It seems these days everyone is going Greek! As the 2012-2013 Academic years starts, so does Greek Life begin its Rush events and activities. In addition to Greek life Recruitment, the Memorial Union’s own Pangea Cafe is going Greek for a week! Pangea Café will be honoring the Greek culture with food from the region!
Week 1 (Sept. 24-28th) Pangea Cafe in the Memorial Union,
Pangea will be featuring Greek food items and entrees on their menu next week! On the east side of the Mezzanine in the Memorial Union they will have:
-& Much MUCH More!
Weeks 1-2 (Sept. 24 -Oct. 2nd) Greek Life Rush/Recruitment,
The Center for Fraternity and Sorority life will be pushing forward with their G campaign to promote the various types of Fraternities and Sororities here at Oregon State University. Several different branches encompass the whole of the Greek Community:
-National Pan-Hellenic Council (Divine Nine)
-Unified Greek Council
-Greek-lettered Organizations without Council Membership
Check-out both to be intentional about filling your stomach and your free time
Come out for “Get Naked in the Quad” in an attempt to set a Beaver Record for number of individuals drinking orange juice at one time! At 9am in the Memorial Union Quad, Naked Orange juice will be provided by Pepsi to POWER us to our goal. Join us to define how to #BeBeaverBold and Be Counted as a member of The Beaver Zone!!
Come check out The Beaver Advantage: Be Orange Beyond the Classroom to participate in a fun interactive morning to learn about student life outside of the classroom.
From 9:30am- 12 noon the Memorial Union will be home to more than (20) twenty (30) thirty minute sessions providing students opportunity to participate in interactive conference style presentations that will help define the pathway to involvement outside of the classroom. This time frame will also include a campus wide bike tour and a showcase of OSU After Dark, MU Retail Foods, and the Basement in the MU Ballroom- games, music, free food for everyone! At 11:00 the OSU Cultural and Resource Centers will be in the MU Quad to provide a connection to all of the great programs, resources and community that happen at the centers.
-Beaver Record Attempt
Most PPl Drinking Orange Juice at one time
-20+ Interactive Session for Involvement
Learn how to get involved and network @ OSU
-After Dark in the Light
Music, Games & Free Food
This week marks the halfway point of the Design Development stage for the new Student Experience Center (scheduled to break ground during the Spring 2013 term). Design Development is the third stage of four stages that span the entirety of the SEC process. In addition to the planning and construction of the SEC and its Plaza, the eastern most part of the Memorial Union will be undergoing renovations as the Bookstore moves to its new home on SW 26th street. As the ground breaking draws ever closer, a team has been formed and assigned the task of naming this new covered outside Plaza area. The Plaza, also in its design stage, will fill the space between the new SEC and the MU. We, at the MU, have high hopes for this programmable area. This Plaza presents us with an opportunity to keep our community dry during concerts, dinning events and information fairs throughout Oregon’s rainy seasons. Check out these conceptual photos/video at the SEC webpage and help us name The Plaza by suggesting names!
SEC Blog: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sec/
CONCEPTUAL DESIGN of the Student Experience Center and Plaza:
Good day Beavers,
I hope all is well and everyone is fully in their summer modes. Whether it is working, studying or just taking advantage of some free time I hope that you are enjoying yourselves! Here at OSU, campus is alive and thriving. START sessions have already started and it has been great to meet the new members of our Beaver family. We have our second START sessions starting today so keep an eye out for new students and be sure to lend a hand or word of advice where you can.
Here at the MU we are still hard at work and have already started preparing some special things in honor of the 2012 Olympics! Be sure to stop by in the coming weeks for details on multinational viewing parties and celebrations. In addition to Olympic celebrations, we are hosting various events such as summer concerts every Wednesday at 12pm in the Brick Mall just to the east of the Memorial Union (with the exception of the 4th of July).
I hope to see everyone from Beavers, student and Staff, to Corvallis natives there to enjoy some summer weather in a relaxing environment.
Feel free to visit us in MU 103 to see what is happening throughout the summer and into the fall season.
-Michael Ryan Fashana
Name: Alfredo Najar
Position: Executive Director of Campaign Resources
Favorite food: “I love mexican food, spanish food and whatever tastes good.”
Favorite actor/actress: “I like comedies, thrillers and action movies.”
Favorite book: “enriques journy”
One leader/activist that has inspired you: ” My parents inspire me every dam day.”
This was the Primary Debate for the ASOSU 2012 Election. There were 3 tickets for President & Vice President: Drew Hatlen & Karli Olsen, Jackson Lile & Robert Ohanesian, and Amelia Harris & Dan Cushing. One Speaker of the House candidate was present: Jacob Vandever. The moderator for the debate was the current Vice President for ASOSU, Sokho Eath.